Top 5 decisions that turned our campervan into a home

We’re overall quite happy with our finished campervan conversion project, but these 5 decisions still make us smile every day. After sharing our 4 missed opportunities last week,  we’d like to share the 5 best decisions we made during our campervan build this week.   1. Magnetic curtains Whilst converting our van, we’ve seen so many different curtain designs. Everyone seems to approach it differently. Well, to make it easier for you to choose one, here’s another option! One that we had’t seen before; magnetic curtains. We, well actually Jordy’s mom, sewed magnets in each of the corners of each…

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Campervan Conversion: what not to forget

To say that creating your own home on wheels is a chaotic process is an understatement. You have to create a list of just about everything you would ever need, it’s a house nonetheless! Building your own home without construction experience is certainly not a simple task, and things can easily slip your mind in the process. After having lived in our campervan for nearly two months already, we’ve noticed quite some things we wished we would have installed. Today we will share these with you hoping that you won’t forget them too, when you start the build of your…

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Start of life on the road: our travel plans

Our campervan conversion project is officially done! The final finishing touches have been completed and we’re finally busy sorting out the last stuff and packing up our little home on wheels as we are writing this blog post!     Paperwork Our campervan was inspected 10 days ago already, and was officially classified as a camper. Yet we are still awaiting the documentation. Here in the Netherlands, you have the possibility to register your self-built campervan as a camper and get 75% off of your road tax. This is great of course, and we went for it! Construction vans usually…

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Building a campervan: the struggle is real

Living in a campervan, it’s a dream come true. By the end of next week, that dream will finally be fulfilled. Our dream of living the vanlife started in June. Jordy was working on his internship and the end of his master was approaching quickly. He wrote all about his urge to travel and our reasons to choose to live a permanent nomadic life in a campervan in last week’s blog post, so be sure to read that for an extra background story.     I visited him in Jena, Germany, for a week or so. Whenever he was at…

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Campervan Conversion: 5 things not to save money on when building a campervan

We’re slowly approaching the end of our build and with it, the start of our vanlife adventure. It’s been quite a journey, trying to turn an old panel van into a cozy home on wheels. Since we bought our van back 6 months ago, we’ve been working on many different things, most of which were new to us. We have made mistakes (we’ve listed a few here), and by no means is this van perfect, but we’ve learnt a lot and we’re extremely happy with how far we’ve come. Although we don’t have much money, we were able to create…

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Campervan conversion: how to install solar panels on your campervan

If you wish to be able to live in a campervan off-grid for short periods of time, or even fully off-grid, solar panels are the way to go. When starting out with our campervan conversion project, we did some research into the diversity of possibilities that exist these days that would allow us live off-grid for prolonged periods of time whilst living on the road. The two options that stood out to us where wind energy and solar energy. Some in-depth research into wind energy showed us that it currently has not yet matured enough to be a cost-efficient and…

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